3 players, 4 coaches fined for brawling

By Erik Matuszewski, Bloomberg

NEW YORK — Manny Ramirez and Hiroki Kuroda of the Los Angeles Dodgers were among four players and three coaches fined by Major League Baseball for their roles in a bench-clearing incident during yesterday’s playoff game.

Shane Victorino and J.C. Romero of the Philadelphia Phillies were the other players to receive undisclosed fines, the league said in a statement.

Also disciplined were Dodgers coaches Larry Bowa and Mariano Duncan, and Phillies coach Davey Lopes.

The Dodgers won Sunday night’s game 7-2 in Los Angeles to cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.

After Kuroda threw a ball over Victorino’s head in the third inning Sunday night, players and coaches for both teams briefly ran onto the field and exchanged words. No punches were thrown and there were no ejections, though umpires issued warnings to both teams.

Ramirez, who had a pitch thrown behind his back during the second game of the series, had to be restrained by his teammates during yesterday’s incident.

Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said after the game that Kuroda’s pitch to Victorino was a “statement” after several inside pitches to Los Angeles batters during the first three games.

Martin was hit by a pitch in the first inning Sunday night and exchanged words with Phillies reliever Clay Condrey during his next at-bat after taking exception to a pitch that sailed near his head. Players and managers said after the game that they didn’t expect the incident to carry through the series.